|photos by Amit Geron [via Pitsou Kedem Architects]|
Archilovers, one of my favorite sites for inspiration, has come out with its list of top 20 architecture projects submitted in 2014. While each building chosen is truly swoon-worthy, there's just one that so happens to be located in my new homeland: Ramat HaSharon House 13.
Designed by Nurit ben Yosef for Pitsou Kedem Architects, the 6,000-square-meter house is situated between two courtyards in the city of Ramat HaSharon, Israel, just north of Tel Aviv.
A bridge from the sunken front courtyard leads to the central space comprising kitchen, dining and living areas. Open to both east and west, these airy rooms are enveloped in greenery and natural light, with walls of glass that slide open at the flick of a switch. The sidewalls are nearly as impressive: One is made of poured concrete, while a built-in library extends the length of the opposite wall.
Upstairs, the master bedroom overlooks the entire plot, revealing views of the courtyards and, at night, a reflection of the house in the pool below.
It's almost enough to make me rethink my Tel Aviv-centric housing search. If this is what suburban Israeli living looks like, I'm in.